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Robb Moss

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About the Movie

With homeland security and the war on terror becoming increasingly important issues, the U.S. government has grown more and more secretive, allegedly to protect the country and save lives. But is this culture of secrets at odds with democracy? This documentary examines both the pros and cons of government concealment by focusing on classified secrets and the arguments the government makes in the name of national security.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If the movie follows no single thread of inquiry, nor sustains any argument or research in depth, it nevertheless explores some chilling corridors of the clandestine. – Nathan Lee, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Layered with all types of visual decoration to make the torrent of discussion play cinematically, and, though the device is now a familiar one, certain touches such as B&W animation lend a creepy and effective mood. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Fresh: Smart and unexpected, SecrecyM combines thoughtful interviews with an elegant visual look to produce an incisive examination of some of the key issues of our time. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: In addition to historical footage, the film employs a series of pulsating animated drawings, with the white ink against the black background injecting an appropriately unsettling, even sinister tone. – Jean Oppenheimer, Village Voice, Jun 28, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Provides the history and reasoning for the secrecy movement in the US, and shows that the current model of government compartmentalization may actually be hurting America more than helping, and raises the question if a new more open system that protects democracy and the constitution can ever exist, in light of the security threats of today… very thought provoking.

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